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Meet Maretha Botha, RRBC Spotlight Author

It is my pleasure today to host Maretha Botha, author of “Fauna Park Tales” a series of children’s books that focuses on the animal world. These are wonderful books. Please read on. . . .   “I’ve received a few free gifts – one is the gift of life and another the gift of choice – and so I choose to live my life positively, despite life’s many ups and downs,  hoping that tomorrow will always be better.” ―  M.M. Botha Maretha Botha is an Italian National who grew up in South Africa. She and her family now live in the United Kingdom. She has written and illustrated a series of children’s books, “Fauna Park Tales” for 9-14 years old, but she is convinced that anyone who loves animal and bird adv...
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Book Spotlight ~ Tamed: Ten Species that Changed our World, by Alice Roberts

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors depended on wild plants and animals for survival. They were hunter-gatherers, consummate foraging experts, taking the world as they found it. Then a revolution occurred – our ancestors’ interaction with other species changed. They began to tame them. The human population boomed; civilisation began. In Tamed, Alice Roberts uncovers the deep history of ten familiar species with incredible wild pasts: dogs, apples and wheat; cattle, potatoes and chickens; rice, maize and horses – and, finally, humans. She reveals how becoming part of our world changed these animals and plants, and shows how they became our al...
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Switch Up Promotion

Good morning and welcome to Sharing Saturday. Today, we’re discussing how not to stagnate… not in your writing but in your promotion. Good authors will look over their promotion on a regular basis. They’ll wonder if it’s getting tired and it’s time to make a change. Their overriding concern is to put up promotion on social media that’s eye catching but not boring. This will take away time from writing your next book, but it’s necessary in order to keep your fans on the edge of their seats, wanting to buy your books, and ready for the new one once it releases. How are you going over your promotion and making sure it’s not just good but great? Most people will stare blankly at the screen at th...
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Do You Have Everything You Need to Make Content Marketing Work?

  Attract the Right Job or Clientele with Content Marketing: NOTE:    Today’s guest blog is provided by Marco Mijatovic, a blogger and one of the guys behind FirstSiteGuide . Make sure to check out his other work, including in-depth guides and posts that can help you run, start, and grow your online presence.  Marco Mijatovic, Blogger _____ Content marketing will never die. All marketing methods require some form of content. It would otherwise be difficult to achieve good results without it. The usage of blog posts, ebooks and the like is one of the most reliable ways to advertise. The reliability is the reason why a lot of businesses use some form of content marketing. But knowing what you ...
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First Ebook, Now Paperback!

I am thrilled to announce that my  paperback edition  of  Look for Me Under the Rainbow  has been launched on May 9, 2018! You can  get your copy on Amazon  at the special launch price of $6.43 only during May before the price goes up. My ebook will be available for $2.99.   PAPERBACK    EBOOK   I like my ebook cover, but paperback looks even better! Don't you think so too? Mario Kožar from  MKM Media  did a splendid job! If you like his style and how he does my book covers, visit his website and shoot him a message. Speaking of book covers: As you know,  Look for Me Under the Rainbow  is competing for Cover of the month May in AllAuthor contest. Being enrolled a day later than other books, ...
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The Consul, the Elephant and the Sarcophagus

This is a story that features an elephant, an Egyptian sarcophagus, and a man that walked the fine line between academia and being an adventurer, all the while serving the French government and his own interests (not necessarily in this order). I’m putting together the special contents for the SuperDeLuxe Edition of AMARNA, and because of this, and because of an article I’ve written for a Turin-based magazine, I did some digging about Bernardino Drovetti. Drovetti’s work in Egypt and in Luxor in particular is a central element in the backstory of my serial, and the guy was certainly a character. You’ll probably remember we had last met him, here on Karavansara, when he sent his men to harass...
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#NewRelease DEADLY SHADOW (The Assassin Chronicles) and Excerpt #ASMSG #Canauthors

It’s release day! I’m so excited! I can’t wait to hear what readers think about Deadly Shadow, the first book in the pulse-pounding Assassin Chronicles paranormal thriller series.  Deadly Shadow is available in eBook . Free to read with KindleUnlimited! Available in trade paperback this weekend. Coming soon to Audible! Read Chapter One Within the hour, Derrick Lynn would kill his next target, a popular radio host known as ‘Big Mouth’ Bullington. He didn’t want or need any specifics about the target, only who and when. He’d learned a long time ago to keep that distance to make his job a lot easier to deal with. Never women or children. Never a non-target—which at times took an incredible amou...
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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Lyn Horner, Sandra J. Jackson, Mae Clair and Lucinda E. Clarke.

Originally posted on Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life : Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore author update and time to share the recent reviews for more talented authors on the shelves. The first author is multi-award winning  Lyn Horner with her latest release Tempting Adam: Romancing the Guardians, Book… Original link

Review of “Be Careful What You Joust For” by Ryan Hauge & Ivy Smoak

A lot of new fantasy stories about knights, lords and ladies, and ancient lands feel like “Game of Thrones” these days, so if you’re into that kind of story but more for a YA audience, this book could be for … Continue reading → Original link

Weekend Reads: “Trouble in Mudbug”

Trouble in Mudbug (Ghost-in-Law, #1)
After several weeks of oh-so-serious books, I thought it was time for something fun. Trouble in Mudbug by Jana Deleon My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m not going to lie; this book was hilarious! Maryse Robicheaux is a research botanist, estranged from her husband Hank and desperately wanting to finalize a divorce. For appearance’s sake, she goes to her mother-in-law’s funeral … and soon has the ghost of Helen following her all over town, trying to get Maryse to figure out who killed her. Then there’s zoologist Luc Lejeune, assigned to share office space with her … and who seems to be more than just the proverbial pretty face. The mystery is tight and well-constructed, the “whodunnit” took me compl...
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The Mysterious Fate of Talcott Hall

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I grew up in Middletown, N.Y., a medium-sized burg about sixty miles north of NYC. We had an insane asylum there at one time . . . well, it actually went by the name Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital. Basically, it was a place where they sent those suffering from illnesses not of the body, but of the mind. By the time I graduated high school, the facility, which had been in operation since 1866, was more or less defunct. Many of the buildings stood empty, but some had been re-purposed for use by other state agencies. The grounds still maintained a firehouse, as well as security guards. I actually dated one of the nighttime security guards for a time. The asylum was always a creepy, haunt...
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Faux-noir: Pulp, 1972

Pulp is a 1972 comedy/drama, written and directed by Michael Hodges, who is mostly famous for directing the British noir Get Carter featuring Michael Caine. Caine stars in Pulp, too – and is also a co-producer. Originally titled Memoirs of a Ghostwriter, the movie is a flawed gem, one that probably suffers from striving too hard. It plays with hard boiled, Chandleresque fiction, and at times it’s quite funny, but the end result is ultimately inferior to the sum of its parts. There could be an intelligent satire, hiding inside of the film, but it’s sometimes hard to catch glimpses of it. What’s this all about? Mickey King (Caine) is a pulp writer, a guy that writes cheap sexy thrillers and do...
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Whisper it Loud! WHISPERSYNC -A trick to save big on #audiobooks.

Whispersync? You may well ask. I had not got a clue about it until recently and what a brilliant feature it is. What is Whispersync Whispersync is Amazon’s technology that lets readers switch “back and forth between a Kindle book and Audible professional narration – without ever losing your place.” The way it works is […] The post Whisper it Loud! WHISPERSYNC -A trick to save big on #audiobooks. appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

Six-Word Story Challenge – “Elixir”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre Today’s challenge is: “Elixir” “Cork pulled, liquid quaffed. No refunds.” I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post.   Cheers, J. I, Rogers Original link


THE EMERGENT THREAT War Eternal, Book II by J.F Cain Genre: Romantic Fantasy Adventure Alex risked his soul to reunite with Aranes, the angel he’s in love with, forcing her to make the ultimate sacrifice to save him. Having lost her supernatural powers, Guardians and Exorcists fight tooth and nail to protect her, but they cannot keep the dark forces that are after her away for long. Aranes’ relationship with Alex also puts him in the crosshairs of Lucifer, who wants the angel for himself and plans to destroy his rival, even if he doesn’t believe that the man is the incarnation of the high-ranking Celestial, Abaddon. Alex must push himself beyond his limits and use all his wits to thwart Luci...
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Meet Bonnie Edwards and Read About FINDING MERCY, her Contemporary Romance

FINDING MERCY Return to Welcome, Book 1 by Bonnie Edwards Genre: Contemporary Romance with Women's Fiction elements Seriously? Return to Welcome? She’d rather chew rusty nails… Mercy Talbot left Welcome on a high—a golden-girl beauty queen who stepped confidently into a bright, exciting future. But that was a long time ago and that girl is far, far, away. She’s failed in her career, failed in love, failed her family—and she’s dead broke. All Mercy wants is to forget her failures and move forward into a new life with a fresh set of dreams—and get out of Welcome before it sucks her back in for good. But one look at her precocious niece who desperately needs her sends Mercy on a journey into he...
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Beautiful, Poignant, Powerful

Donna Fasano is a USA Today Bewstselling author, a  three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl's Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. . I'm thrilled to find her review for my WWII Spy Thriller, Marriage before Death : 5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Poignant, Powerful By ~DJ Faz~ on May 10, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase An achingly sweet love between a man and a woman, danger and desperation set ami...
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Sources for my research: Letter from Nicholas Sagudino to Alvise Foscari, Patriarch of Venice

Alvise Foscari, Patriarch of Venice Although some historical fiction authors like to give free reign to their imagination, I like to make sure my books are as historically accurate as possible. In the research for my current work in progress about Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, husband of Mary Tudor (Queen of France), I discovered this translation of a letter from ambassador Nicholas Sagudino to Alvise Foscari, Patriarch of Venice, which gives some idea of the level of detail available to researchers: To do honor to the Flemish envoys, the ambassadors were invited to a joust on the 7th. The King entered the lists about two. First came the marshal in a surcoat of cloth of gold, surrounded ...
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ABOUT THE BOOK Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown live on different sides of the Atlantic. Until she falls in love with him, Rebecca knows nothing of Keller. But he’s known about her for a very long time, and now he wants to destroy her. This is the story of two families. One living under the threat of execution in North Carolina. The other caught up in a dark mystery in the Scottish Highlands. The families’ paths are destined to cross. But why? And can anything save them when that happens? BOOK DETAILS Title: Hiding Author: Jenny Morton Potts Genre: Psychological thriller Publisher: Cahoots Publishing (February 1, 2018) Print length: 325 pages On tour with: Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours I...
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The Blind Alien - Book Tour and#Giveaway

The Blind Alien The Beta Earth Chronicles Book 1 by Wesley Britton Genre: SF Fantasy "The Blind Alien is a story with a highly original concept, fascinating characters, and not-too-subtle but truthful allegories. Don't let the sci-fi label or alternate Earth setting fool you--this is a compelling and contemporarily relevant story about race, sex, and social classes."--Raymond Benson, Former James Bond novelist and author of the Black Stiletto books Told with one of the most original styles you'll ever experience, The  Blind Alien begins when Dr. Malcolm Renbourn, a young history  teacher, walks into an ordinary bank on an ordinary day. Suddenly, he  feels excruciating pain. Unexpectedly, he ...
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